was a seaplane tender of the Imperial Japanese Navy, serving during the World War II from 1942 until being sunk in September 1944.
In 1938, the IJN wanted to use their large-sized flying boats more effectively, because the Kawanishi H6K was the only aircraft able to hit the Pearl Harbor directly from Marshall Islands. However, the Marshall Islands did not have flying boat facilities, then. Early 1939, the IJN converted the Kamoi
to a seplane tender. However, she was not able to repair the seplanes.
The IJN thought therefore planned two kinds of seaplane tenders which were included in the Maru 4 Programme. One was a 10,000 tons class flying boat carrier, the other a 2,400 tons class flying boat tender. These plans were not able to pass the assessment by the Ministry of Finance. Therefore the IJN planned a 3,500 tons class tender, which was a scaled-up model of the 2,400 tons class. She ships should be able to maintain, repair and supply seaplanes. The IJN intended to accommodate the flying boat by bow-up trim and slope at first, however this plan was cancelled and the Akitsushima
-class was equipped with a 35 ton crane. The IJN changed the design frequently, ending up with a displacement increased by 1000 tons.
as commissiones on 29 April 1942 and assigned to the 25th Air Flotilla, 11th Air Fleet. Already two weeks later, she sailed to Saipan and Rabaul. After the U.S. invasion of Guadalcanal, Akitsushima
arrived at the Shortland Islands on 16 August 1942. She was damaged by B-17E Flying Fortress bombers at Buka Island two weeks later.
under attack in the Shortlands. (Note that the ship under attack in this photo has been incorrectly identified as the Akitsushima
Her repairs were completed on 5 January 1943, and she was dispatched to Kavieng, only to proceed to Jaluit Atoll in February. On 30 June 1943 she sailed to Paramushir for the evacuation of Kiska. She returned to Yokosuka in August and sailed via Shanghai to Truk. Here, she was slightly damaged by U.S. carrier planes which attacked Truk during Operation Hailstone. The following month, Akitsushima
was assigned to the 14th Air Fleet and returned to Yokosuka for repairs. She also received repair ship facilities, because the Akashi
had been sunk. Her refit was completed on 1 August 1944 and she was assigned to the 2nd Fleet.
In August 1944, she sailed to Kure and Imari, then to Kaohsiung, and Manila, finally arriving at Coron Bay on 23 September 1944. Here she was sunk by aircraft Task Force 38 the following day. Akitsushima
was officially decommissioned on 10 November 1944.
Hello, just finished doing R.N. Prestinari throw myself full time on this project, of course, always in scale 1:400. For now I have started to build the H8K Kawanishi "Emily." These are my progress.